C is for Careful

Day 3: “C is for “Careful”. Was there ever a time when someone deliberately told you to be careful about another person, or a certain situation? What did you do? Did you follow the said person’s warnings or not?”

Of course, I never listened to my mother. She was the queen of mistakes. She married the wrong men. She was afraid to be alone. Yes, she warned me of a friend of mine. She told me to find better friends. I laughed. That is rich coming from her. I don’t think she had any real friends. How would she be a great judge of people?

I had one bad friend as a teenager. He was a little older than I was at the time. I always had older friends. I hated kids my age because they were morons. Brad is an enigma to me even today. He has a space in my head when I get caught in a time loop. I have not seen him since we were teenagers. I don’t remember his parents ever being home. He would smoke marijuana with me. It was super strong stuff. One time I put a skillet on the cooker and burned it before I even put any food in it. I was that high.

Brad was there when my grandmother died and the marijuana helped me feel better. I was the saddest boy in the world at that time. Of course, my mother did not like him. Maybe he was like the men she married.

There is a little more to my story with Brad, but I might save it for another time. He disappeared from my life, but one day he popped back in unexpectedly. He wretched havoc on my life again in a few short hours, then he disappeared forever. I have not seen him again. I wish I had listened to my mother just that once.

Excerpt From: Scott Green. “397 Journal Writing Prompts & Ideas.” Apple Books.

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